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New Japanese gallery is unique in North
A NEW gallery celebrating the arts and culture of Japan has opened at a North-East museum.
Bosses at Durham University’s Oriental Museum say the gallery is the only one of its kind in the North and was created in response to visitor interest in contemporary Japanese art and culture.
Curator Craig Barclay said: “The opening of this new gallery will provide people in the North of England with their first gallery dedicated solely to Japanese culture.
“We hope that the gallery, which will act as a focus for events and temporary exhibition programmes, will provide local residents, tourists, school children and students with a unique opportunity to connect with the art and history of Japan.”
The gallery features Edo period wood block prints, anime movie cels, vintage kimono, modern street fashion, ancient ceramics and samurai armour.
The first temporary exhibition is The Happy Carp, which features Japanese printmaking and runs until March 30, 2014.
The Oriental Museum is open 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday and noon to 5pm at weekends and on bank holidays. Entry costs £1.50 for adults, 75p for children aged five to 16 and over 60s and is free for under fives and students.
For more information, call 0191-334-5694 or visit durham.ac.uk/oriental.museum
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